Profile Born on 20 May 1940 in Tokyo, Sadaharu Oh hit 868 home runs in his professional career and is one of the best baseball players Japan has ever produced.
Sadaharu Oh is often compared with Babe Ruth as the finest baseball player ever produced by a nation. However, considering career numbers, it would not be fair to compare Oh with any other player. One parallel with Ruth is that both started out their career as a pitcher and later developed into the most feared hitter any pitcher could come across. In 1959, Oh started his professional career with the Yomiuri Giants at age 20. He would spend 22 seasons with the Giants and it would be the only franchise Oh ever played for.
As a batter, Oh quickly emerged as a one man demolition crew, leading the Japanese league in home runs in 15 seasons, including a run of 13 successive seasons. He also led the league in runs scored in 13 successive seasons. When he retired he had amassed 2,786 hits, 2,170 RBIs, a lifetime batting average of .301 and an international record 868 home runs. Oh was named “Most Valuable Player” nine times and participated in the All-Star Game 18 times. He was inducted into the Japanese Baseball Hall Of Fame in 1994.